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Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story

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  • We're not far from the scary world of "The Handmaid's Tale," but we don't have to keep repeating the story. Men in power can demonstrate that women are equal. They can call other men to examine masculinity. They can accept that women and men both desire sex and can control their urges. We can talk about crimes of power and the crime of silence among those who hold it. We can change.
  • Related: From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

 

Mariam Williams, National Catholic Reporter

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_1.jpgOct 28, 2017 | Lately my favorite way to add gray to my hair is to watch the show "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the story is set in a dystopian present in which the United States is a totalitarian nation, a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible is law, and fertile women are forced to be surrogates for barren women. From what I can tell after seven episodes, all the barren women are married to wealthy men in positions of power. All the characters who aren't "commanders" or their wives are militia, servants or handmaids.

I watch it because a coworker recommended it, though she said it was scary. She didn't mean this in the seasonal, Halloween way. She meant "The Handmaid's Tale" is scary because it's so plausible.

Mariam Williams is a Kentucky writer living in Philadelphia. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden. She is a contributor to the anthology Faithfully Feminist.

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From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’, Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

  • We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.
  • Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

 

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04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

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Chris Brown’s actions are inexcusable, but what he says about male violence is vital.

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Chris Brown’s new documentary is a reminder of how male violence can be taught and passed down.

Rachel Leah, Salon

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_1.jpg10.20.2017 | Singer Chris Brown's documentary "Welcome to My Life," released via Netflix this month, is a retelling of his rise to fame and the controversy that mired it. It seems, even by its packaging, that it's a bid to complicate and add nuance to the unfavorable headlines and numerous courtroom dates that have defined Brown's career as much as his music has over the last eight years.

"I'm tired of giving people something to talk about," he says at the beginning of the film. "They should be talking about how I’m the baddest motherfucka onstage, instead of I'm the baddest motherfucka in the courtroom."

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon, who also writes about race and criminal justice. She holds an MA in journalism and Africana studies from NYU.

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From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’ , Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

• We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.

• Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4267860/images/n-GROUP-OF-MEN-628x314.jpg04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

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Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017

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  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well

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Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now, Jessica Valenti, The Guardian
7 October 2017 | A year after the Trump Access Hollywood tape, allegations of sexual harassment emerge – finally – against a leading film producer
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Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, HuffPost
October 6, 2017 | I believe every word that was written in the New York Times, because very similar things happened to me.
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Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’, Angelina Chapin, HuffPost
10/16/2017| Guys consider our bodies disposable. The pressure should be on men to stop predatory behavior.
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Story 4: Men and #metoo, Tom Ehrich, On the Road
October 20, 2017 | I see no safe way to navigate the minefield of male-female relations. Nor should there be a safe way.
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Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right, Claire Fallon, HuffPost
The phrase that gives us permission to ignore sexual harassment.
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Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well, Matthew Dessem, Slate

Building an industry and culture in which powerful men don’t feel women are theirs to threaten, cajole, intimidate, and harass will require us to skip the cultural amnesia this cycle.
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Urge the Supreme Court to Stop LGBT discrimination

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Mississippi just passed a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT Americans.

And it's already taken effect! 

Sign on right away to urge the Supreme Court to strike down LGBT discrimination.

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October 11, 2017 | Friends, this is really really bad:

Mississippi’s HB 1523, a bill that legalizes LGBT discrimination, has been called the worst anti-LGBT law in the country. 

And now, only the Supreme Court can stop it. 

No!! We need a massive wave of grassroots pressure on the Courts to overturn this horrific legislation.

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Religious fanatics in Mississippi are using “religious freedom” to codify discrimination against our community into law.

This heinous bill permits doctors, lawyers, adoption agencies, schools, and landlords to turn away people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

This is downright toxic. No one deserves to live their life as a second-class citizen, simply because of who they are.

And the sad truth is, this despicable bill has enormous support in the Mississippi legislature. And it’s already taken effect!

But listen -- LGBT activists in Mississippi are fighting back, and HB 1523 could be headed to the Supreme Court. 

Yes!! We still have a shot at striking down this backwards legislation.
But the harsh truth is, it’s going to take an immense amount of pressure to make this happen.



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My Enemy Hugh Hefner's Contradictory Feminist Legacy

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  • Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy
    • Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.
  • Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner
    • The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.
  • Related: Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

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Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy

Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.

Susan Brownmiller, New York (NY) Times 

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/09/29/opinion/29brownmillerWeb/29brownmillerWeb-master768.jpgSept. 29, 2017 | On March 26, 1970, I accepted an invitation to appear on “The Dick Cavett Show” to talk about a new movement I was involved with called Women’s Liberation. I knew that our young movement was suspicious of activists who sought media attention, so I roped my friend Sally Kempton, a talented writer, into coming with me. I don’t recall if we knew ahead of time who the principal guest that evening would be. He turned out to be Hugh Hefner.

We were slotted for 15 minutes near the end of show, after the psychologist Rollo May and before the final number by Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. With Mr. Hefner still sitting on stage, Mr. Cavett began by asking us to define Women’s Liberation. “Hugh Hefner is my enemy,” I replied. “Women aren’t bunnies, they’re not rabbits, they’re human beings,” I added. Then, addressing Hugh Hefner directly, I said, “The day you come out here with a cottontail attached to your rear end …”

Susan Brownmiller is the author of “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape” and six other books.

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Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner

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The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.

Emma Gray, HuffPost 

09/28/2017 | Hugh Hefner’s life and legacy are rife with contradictions. 

The founder of the Playboy empire, who died Wednesday at age 91, is hailed as a sexual revolutionary, a supporter of LGBTQ and abortion rights, a mogul and an icon who paved the way for modern ideas about sex-positivity. He’s also a man who built his extensive empire by capitalizing on idealized images of women’s bodies; a man who had a rotating cast of live-in young “girlfriends” who, by at least one account, were kept under his control.

As The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes put it in 2009: “To his supporters, [Hefner] is the great sexual liberator who helped free Americans from Puritanism and neurosis. To his detractors, including many feminists and social conservatives, he helped set in motion a revolution in sexual attitudes that have objectified and victimized countless women and promoted an immoral, whatever-feels-good approach to life.” 

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5570a9431300001700214f52.jpg?ops=100_100 Emma Gray is the Executive Women's Editor at HuffPost. She is also the co-host of the "Bachelor"-themed podcast, "Here To Make Friends," which was named a "must-listen" by The Daily Dot, and has appeared as an expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.

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Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson, Emily Peck, HuffPost

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  • A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.
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